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|Exactly on her social level?
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(1/28/2011 11:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma's attitude toward the Martins, penned by Anne-Marie
I don't think so. Emma wants Harriet to marry a gentleman, because on no evidence at all she imagines Harriet is a gentleman's by-blow, and Mr Elton qualifies as he belongs to one of the gentlemanly professions. But Mr Elton is not quite Emma's social equal. I don't know that Emma would want her brother, if she had one, or father, though the mind boggles at the thought, to marry Harriet. She likes Harriet, but she does not regard her as an equal. You notice it is always "Harriet" and "Miss Woodhouse" not "Harriet" and "Emma".
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